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Prohibition Medicinal Whiskey Brands Don’t Matter — Distillers Do!

The biggest thing I have learned from collecting prohibition medicinal whiskeys is that the brand doesn’t matter the vast majority of the time. For example, I have a 1/2 pint Old Fitz and a 1/2 pint Waterfill and Frazier. Both were distilled by Mary M. Dowling (one of the most fascinating female distillers of all time. Read this: http://pre-prowhiskeymen.blogspot.com/2014/01/how-mary-dowling-outwitted-national.html). The juice in both is the same but the brands are completely different. The Waterfill and Frazier is correct in that the distiller matches the brand, which is very rare when it comes to prescription regulated booze. The Old Fitzgerald, not so much! Notice how the Old Fitzgerald is 15 years old and the Waterfill and Frazier is 16 “Summers” old. Marketing at its best, wouldn’t you say?  In a nutshell, with prohibition era medicinal whiskeys, the most important thing to pay attention to is the tax stamp and NOT the main label. Cheers!

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Pre-prohibition Whiskey Repeal Era Whiskey Whiskey History

Old Fitzgerald Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey

Old Fitzgerald
Old Fitzgerald Collection – Click for full size.

Today’s post is a salute to distiller Stitzel-Weller and the brand Old Fitzgerald. These bottles, all unopened, range from the prohibition era up to the mid sixties or maybe a little later. I’m more in the mood of posting photographs rather than storytelling at the moment, so for an exhaustive and fun historical read, please visit The Coopered Tot’s Old Fitzgerald post. I find myself continually visiting this article for the detailed dates and tasting notes. Cheers!

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Miniature Whiskey Bottles Prohibition Era Medicinal Whiskey

Old Fitzgerald Strikes Back

This week, as I devoured the blog posts of my fellow whiskey bloggers, I realized I’m more of a museum curator rather than a historian. That’s ok because now I know my place in the WWW (Wonderful World of Whiskey). Don’t get me wrong, I love the history. As your curator, today I’m taking you down the hall to the Old Fitzgerald exhibit. Old Fitzgerald is to RC Cola as Jack Daniels is to Coke. Both have been around for ages while those in the know quietly enjoy their RC Cola as the majority of the world say, “Coca-Cola rules!” To each his own.

You may ask yourself why I titled this post “Old Fitzgerald Strikes Back.” Well, its not my fault because The Coopered Tot started it with his Old Fitzgerald post, which I highly recommend if you enjoy deep dive whiskey research like I do. All geeky Star Wars references aside, I was inspired by his post to the point where I felt I just had to answer back. So, Mr. Tot, if you’re reading this (and I’m sure you are) you’ll have to post another article in the future called “Return of the Fitz.”

Old Fitzgerald Whiskey 1/2 Pint

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Made 1917 Bottled 1932. W.L. Weller & Sons on front label. Mary M. Dowling on tax strip. A. Ph. Stitzel, Inc. on back label.